Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Expanded by or as if by internal pressure; distended.
  • adjective Overblown; bombastic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Swelled; marked by swelling, in any sense, or by a swelling: as, a swollen river.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • p. p. of swell.
  • adjective Enlarged by swelling; immoderately increased

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Past participle of swell

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

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Examples

  • On examining the right hypochondrium, which he described as swollen, there was evident indication of an enlarged liver, and he complained much of shooting pain in that region during a paroxysm of cough.

    An Investigation into the Nature of Black Phthisis or Ulceration Induced by Carbonaceous Accumulation in the Lungs of Coal Miners

  • "Look at how my mouth sticks out," he said of what he described as his swollen face.

    Press of Atlantic City: Editorials

  • "Look at how my mouth sticks out," he said of what he described as his swollen face.

    Press of Atlantic City: Editorials

  • His face was iced up and swollen from the protracted effort of twenty-four hours, while his hands were so swollen that he could not close the fingers.

    Trust

  • We had 2.5 weeks of newborn pics from before and … if the worst happened … we didn't want to remember him swollen from the steroids, with IVs in his skull, a central line in his leg, him in a medically induced coma with a machine breathing for him … Egads.

    Peace In A Dyson | Her Bad Mother

  • There are pictures of me as a child with my eye all swollen from a bug bite.

    Peace In A Dyson | Her Bad Mother

  • Instead of hair, her pale head was covered in swollen, reddish-purple growths the size of marbles, which sprouted from her hairline all the way down to the back of her neck.

    Sacrificial Doves « A Fly in Amber

  • He was home last night, still a little druggy and his mouth is very swollen from the surgery and packing.

    No more surgeries, please « Lab Kat

  • The guts of the men sag hugely and the monstrous buttocks of the women seesaw painfully as they tread the boardwalk in swollen sneakers.

    No Way

  • The guts of the men sag hugely and the monstrous buttocks of the women seesaw painfully as they tread the boardwalk in swollen sneakers.

    No Way

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